Across the curtain: Polish football defectors and the Cold War

‘Exile is morally suspect because it breaks one’s solidarity with a group, i.e., it sets apart an individual who ceases to share the experience of his colleagues left behind. His moral torment reflects his attachment to a heroic image of himself and he must, step by step, come to the painful conclusion that to do […]

Gwardia Warszawa and the Polish European Dream

I got off the bus which had taken me to the gates of Gwardia Warszawa’s stadium.  It was a cold January day just after Christmas and there was hardly anyone around.  The stadium sign spoke of decayed greatness, imposing and yet falling to bits, the gates themselves caked with rust. The main entrance and the […]